KYW Medical Report: Who does best in remote learning?

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KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There is a widespread belief that better educated parents will be better able to provide a supportive home learning environment.

In theory, this makes sense, as students need basic tools and emotional support. However, the biggest impact appears to be student dependent.

The latest research is finding that students who were already weak performers in school — regardless of socioeconomic background — switched even more time from learning to gaming than their stronger peers.

Another finding is that girls coped better with distance learning than boys.

My experience is with medical education, but there is a growing movement to improve not only remote learning but the necessary follow up to monitor progress.

Educators are rapidly learning in a real world environment, but time is of the essence.